Latest Crop wild relative Stories
Over the past few decades, crop breeders have increasingly relied on the wild and weedy relatives of domesticated crops as new sources of disease resistance, drought tolerance, and other traits.
In light of growing concern over the potential impact of climate change on the global agricultural industry, scientists are searching for new ways to help ensure global access to some of the most important food crops.
The US is, contrary to long held belief, a fairly robust reservoir of plant diversity, especially among globally important food crops such as the sunflower, bean, sweet potato and strawberry plants.
A botanist brings a species of alfalfa from Siberia, to the United States.
The Global Crop Diversity Trust today announced a major global search to systematically find, gather, catalogue, use, and save the wild relatives of wheat, rice, beans, potato, barley, lentils, chickpea, and other essential food crops, in order to help protect global food supplies against the imminent threat of climate change, and strengthen future food security.
- The deadly nightshade, Atropa Belladonna, which possesses stupefying or poisonous properties.
- A sleeping-potion; a soporific.
- To mutter deliriously.